"Just as the elementary particle unfolds out of the quantum field, the soliton appears in the nonlinear field, and the vortex emerges from the river, so may an individual consciousness emerge out of the complex background order of consciousness that extends into the whole universe. The individual mind is therefore a sort of localization or concentration of consciousness that unfolds into the brain and body of the individual. But as the electron will fold into other elementary particles and back into its ground of the quantum field, and just as the vortex has no absolute independence from the ripples and vortexes of the river, so too an individual mind cannot be separated, in any absolute way, from the consciousness of society as a whole. In this way the individual mind unfolds out of the consciousness of all humanity and then folds back again, in a continuous process." --F. David Peat

"The present machines are to the future as the early Saurians to man." --Samuel Butler

"As I shall show, cultures on the whole have evolved along parallel and convergent paths which are highly predictable from a knowledge of the processes of production, reproduction, intensification, and depletion. And I include here both abhorred and cherished rituals and beliefs throughout the world. In my opinion, free will and moral choice have had virtually no significant effect upon the directions taken thus far by evolving systems of social life." --Marvin Harris

"Man is a rope, tied between beast and overman--a rope over an abyss...." --Nietzsche

"As a child, I understood how to give; I have forgotten that grace since I became civilized. I lived the natural life, whereas now I live the artificial. Any pretty pebble was valuable to me then, every growing tree an object of reverence. Now I worship with the white man before a painted landscape whose value is estimated in dollars! Thus the Indian is reconstructed, as the natural rocks are ground to powder and made into artificial blocks that may be built into the walls of modern society." --Charles Alexander Eastman (Ohiyesa), Santee Sioux

"The economy is a thoughtless weather system -- and nothing more. Some joke on the people, to give them such a thing." --Kurt Vonnegut

re: "Quantum Reality": "As Meinard Kuhlmann points out in "What is Real?" particles and fields are not real but are analogies developed to describe another realm of reality, one that is not accessible to our senses but inferred from observation, measurement, mathematics and theory. An electromagnetic wave is not really like a wave on the ocean, but it is in many ways analogous to such a wave, and through such an analogy, it seems more comprehensible. We must remember that such representations do not describe the true, alien reality of the quantum mechanical world. We are like fish studying the stars." --Scientific American December 2013 Letter to the Editor by John Ball of Huntsville, AL

"Interesting people generally don't have a lot of money." --Laurence Darrell

"Whatever is worth saying, can be stated in fifty words or less." --Stanislaw Ulam

"Keywords in that terminology are satori, the sudden flash of insight which brings on Awakening or Enlightenment; the state of muga, which occurs when the split between the acting self and the self-observing self disappears, and the act becomes effortless, automatic, entranced -- so that the painter or swordsman no longer feels that he is wielding the brush or making the thrust, but that a mysterious 'It' has taken charge. Lastly, a man who has completed his training and reached final Enlightenment, will continue to live zestfully and apparently unchanged, but he will 'live as one already dead' -- that is, detached and indifferent to success or failure." --Arthur Koestler

"The notion of a thing is thus seen to be an abstraction, in which it is conceptually separated from its infinite background and substructure. Actually, however, a thing does not and could not exist apart from the context from which it has thus been conceptually abstracted. And therefore the world is not made by putting together the various "things" in it, but, rather, these things are only approximately what we find on analysis in certain contexts and under suitable conditions." --David Bohm

"Your sense of self-identity as "I" is a mere illusion, carried out by your brain's temporal lobe. Upon disrupting the normal functioning of your temporal lobe with either transcranial magnetic stimulation or psychedelic drugs, your sense of self as an individual falls away--typically referred to as becoming one with everything. Like I said, either this implies that the self doesn't really exist, or that the self can be arbitrarily redefined as the Universe." --deCypher

"Evolution endowed us with intuition only for those aspects of physics that had survival value for our distant ancestors.... Darwin's theory thus makes the testable prediction that whenever we use technology to glimpse reality beyond the human scale, our evolved intuition should break down. We've repeatedly tested this prediction, and the results overwhelmingly support Darwin." --Max Tegmark

"We are all alone, born alone, die alone, and -- in spite of True Romance magazines -- we shall all someday look back on our lives and see that, in spite of our company, we were alone the whole way. I do not say lonely -- at least, not all the time -- but essentially, and finally, alone. This is what makes your self-respect so important, and I don't see how you can respect yourself if you must look in the hearts and minds of others for your happiness." --Hunter S. Thompson

"On one issue, at least, men and women agree: they both distrust women." --H.L. Mencken

"Learn to forget." --Jim Morrison

"The implicate order is the wavefunction." --David Bohm

"If you think you're free, try going somewhere without fucking money, okay?" --Bill Hicks

"It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society." --Jiddu Krishnamurti

"I maintain that, if everyone knew what others said about him, there would not be four friends in the world." --Pascal

"Intelligence evolves when the occult and magical become the objective-scientific." --Timothy Leary

"Science is not everything, but science is very beautiful." --Robert Oppenheimer

"Psychedelic experience is only a glimpse of genuine mystical insight, but a glimpse which can be matured and deepened by the various ways of meditation in which drugs are no longer necessary or useful. If you get the message, hang up the phone. For psychedelic drugs are simply instruments, like microscopes, telescopes, and telephones. The biologist does not sit with eye permanently glued to the microscope, he goes away and works on what he has seen..." --Alan Watts

"We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience." --de Chardin

"You show me a lazy prick who's lying in bed all day, watching TV, only occasionally getting up to piss, and I'll show you a guy who's not causing any trouble." --George Carlin

"I think that in human evolution it has never been as necessary to have this substance LSD. It is just a tool to turn us into what we are supposed to be." --Albert Hofmann

"The problem is not with the empirical data of science but with the contention that these data alone constitute the legitimate ground for developing a comprehensive worldview or an adequate means for responding to the world's problems. There is more to human existence and to reality itself than current science can ever give us access to. By the same token, spirituality must be tempered by the insights and discoveries of science. If as spiritual practitioners we ignore the discoveries of science, our practice is also impoverished, as this mind-set can lead to fundamentalism." --Dalai Lama

"We had this old idea, that there was a universe out there, and here is man, the observer, safely protected from the universe by a six-inch slab of plate glass. Now we learn from the quantum world that even to observe so miniscule an object as an electron we have to shatter that plate glass; we have to reach in there.... So the old word observer simply has to be crossed off the books, and we must put in the new word participator. In this way we've come to realize that the universe is a participatory universe." --John Archibald Wheeler

"Synchronicity is more than a mere chance arrangement of disconnected parts into a pattern, for it involves a conjunction of the individual and the global, and arises out of the operation of some deeper principle that binds elements together into a fundamental pattern....In other words, synchronicities are manifestations, in mind and matter, of the unknown ground that underlies them both. In this way similar orders are found in both consciousness and in the structuring of matter. The parallelism between the objective and the subjective aspects of the universe do not so much arise through causal connections, or linear patterns in time, but out of underlying dynamics that are common to both." --F. David Peat

"The more I see of man, the more I love my dog." --Pascal